Watermark Film Company’s new documentary ‘Greetings From Queertown’ shines a light on Orlando’s LGBTQ history

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From KKK members threatening Pride-filled parade marchers to a sea of red shirts ascending on Disney World for Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom to standing “Orlando Strong” around Lake Eola, Central Florida has come a long way for the LGBTQ community. It’s a rich history that Watermark Film Company plans to detail in their upcoming documentary, “Greetings From Queertown: Orlando.”

Spearheaded by Watermark owner, publisher and editor Rick Claggett, director/producer Sandi Hulon, director of photography Tye Belcher and others from Team Watermark, the film company was created to share the story of “Queertown.”

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‘Queer Eye,’ RuPaul win big at Creative Emmys

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“Queer Eye” and RuPaul scored big at the 70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend. The award show honors achievements in reality, documentary and variety programming.

“Queer Eye” won Outstanding Structured Reality Program, Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program.

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‘House of Cards’ trailer reveals the fate of Spacey’s Frank Underwood

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Netflix released a “House of Cards” teaser trailer for its upcoming final season Sept. 5, explaining how they are writing out lead actor Kevin Spacey.

Spacey played power-hungry politician Frank Underwood for five seasons on the award-winning show that put Netflix’s original programming on the map.

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‘Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness slammed for saying ‘not all Republicans are racist’

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“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness is under fire with some fans for saying that not all Republicans are racist and urging both political parties to compromise.

After the primary elections on August 14, Van Ness spoke out on Twitter about the results.

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‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ fans outraged over show’s handling of LGBTQ character

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WARNING: This story contains SPOILERS to Netflix’s new season of “Voltron: Legendary Defender.”

Netflix released “Voltron: Legendary Defender” season seven on Aug. 10, and since then fans have taken to Twitter to express their anger over the show’s handling of one of its LGBTQ characters.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ stars Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver are dating

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“Orange is the New Black” stars Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver are involved in a real life, off-screen romance.

Martinez portrays Daddy on the Netflix series. Before joining the show, she came in third on the debut season of “The Voice.”

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‘Queer Eye’s Skyler Jay sues employer over trans-exclusionary health care

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Skyler Jay on ‘Queer Eye’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Skyler Jay, who appeared as the first transgender subject on the Netflix makeover series “Queer Eye,” is suing his employer the University System of Georgia (USG) for its trans-exclusionary health care policy.

USG, which oversees 26 public institutions and is governed by the Georgia Board of Regents, does not offer trans-inclusive healthcare to its employees.

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‘Queer Eye’ renewed for season three

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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“Queer Eye” has been renewed for a third season, according to Variety.

The Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” has already become a phenomenon after two seasons. The show has also earned four Emmy nominations including for Structured Reality Program.

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‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness opens up on struggle with psychotic depression

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ABOVE: Jonathan Van Ness (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness got candid about his past struggle with psychotic depression after his stepfather passed away from cancer.

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RuPaul lands daytime talk show pilot

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul is filming a pilot for a daytime talk show.

According to Variety, the pilot is for Telepictures, which is a part of Warner Bros. Television. Telepictures is behind popular shows such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Real” and “TMZ Live.”

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VIDEO: ‘Orange is the New Black’ releases season six trailer

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“Orange is the New Black” is finally giving a sneak peek at the aftermath of the Litchfield riot.

Season five ended with the three-day Litchfield riot finally coming to a close.

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VIDEO: Robin Wright opens up on Kevin Spacey allegations

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Robin Wright spoke publicly for the first time on her former “House of Cards” co-star Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct allegations in an interview with Today.

“I think we were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened. We forged ahead and I think we were all thankful that we were able to complete the series as planned,” Wright told Savannah Guthrie. “We were coworkers, really. We never socialized outside of work. Respectful, professional relationship. He was so great with me, he was never disrespectful to me, so that’s my personal experience, that’s the only thing I feel I have the right to talk about.”

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